Writers, Artist Protest Israel’s ‘Guest of Honor’ Spot at Guadalajara International Book Fair

The "guest of honor" spot at book fairs is often controversial -- in 2009, China's honorary status at the Frankfurt Book Fair raised hackles and eyebrows, as did Saudi Arabia at Book World Prague in 2011. What does it mean to have a country "honored" at a fair?

Sharjah International Book Fair Opens, Tunis Fair Closes

International publishers are meeting in Sharjah again this year, the thirty-first year of its international book fair, although only the fourth in its new guise as one of the world's important trade fairs. The Sharjah fair -- in some ways in competition with the Abu Dhabi fair for the top spot in the UAE -- … Continue reading Sharjah International Book Fair Opens, Tunis Fair Closes

Day 2: Sharjah Book Fair Professional Program

Today, the Sharjah International Book Fair's pre-fair professional program wrapped up with a few speeches, an interesting (brief) presentation from Jon Malinowski about PubMatch.Com, and a pair of "matchmaking" sessions. The idea behind these matchmaking sessions was to pair publishers, agents, and rights-buyers across languages and cultures so that they could discover more about one another's … Continue reading Day 2: Sharjah Book Fair Professional Program

Sharjah Announces 2011 Book Fair Events

Sharjah International Book Fair organizers, intent on putting their fair on the map of must-attend literary events, announced 2011's roster of events today. This year's fair, the city's 30th, is set to run from November 16-26. Much like the (myth of the) Emirates itself, the fair seems to have appeared out of nowhere just a … Continue reading Sharjah Announces 2011 Book Fair Events